Written September 20, 2014
There are a few really captivating, emotionally engaging, beautifully-acted scenes.
Then there's the rest of the movie.
It's incredibly slow and expository. I found myself just waiting for something to happen. James Franco is adequate, but the women are far superior, and the movie is completely stolen by the China Doll.
It is really gorgeous to look at and almost worth the price of admission just to SEE it. As a designer, the opening titles were incredibly captivating to me.
Written October 01, 2014
This is one of those films that left me feeling vaguely angry. Time and again it tries to BE something, but never is. Is it a child’s fantasy? Nope, trying to be more than that. Is it a comedy – throw in a few scenes and see if it sticks. Nope, the scenes are not actually funny – they’re just painfully obviously intended to be. Is it a scarier “Wizard of Oz”? Nope – nothing in the two hours plus of this film is as scary (or mesmerizing) as one minute of Margaret Hamilton cackling madly from her broom.
At the end it’s a sad, lost bully of a film. The kind that reminds me of the “bad” kid in middle school that wants so much to be the tough kid, but is so obviously a loser. As if knowing it has no substance, the film’s makers try to bludgeon the viewer into enjoying the movie with cool special effects, cute characters, a relationship to one of the best films of all time, and pretty people as the main characters. “Look at me, I’m great!” it seems to fairly shout.
But it's just a bully
Written September 27, 2014
The effects were great. The characters were very memorable. Children of all ages will enjoy the magical adventure to Oz. The story linked most everything from the original Wizard with Judy Garland. The only thing I didn't see was the story behind the "Ruby Slippers".
I will buy the DVD when available and enjoy the movie again and again.
Written October 21, 2014
The 3D version is very good - great special effects. I thought though that it was slow at the beginning and picked up once M. Kunis turned evil. Michelle Williams is fantastic in this movie. She plays Glinda perfectly. Some connections to the original Oz throughout.
Written October 20, 2014
So many oh no's? They have to be coming from a non fan of The Wizard Of Oz!
This movie (prequel) is for us the true fans of the movie to understand how the man from Kansas got to Oz in the first place and this movie does just that.
Entertaining through and through. Great plays on The Wizard of Oz.
I laughed out loud, and applauded the end.
Loved it. You must see if you are a true Oz fan!